Henry was born in Werribee, VIC in 1893 to Samuel Swanton and Helena Jane Beamish(2). Henry had two brothers(5), George and John, both killed in action. A cousin, William Dukelow(6) who is also remembered in the Avenue.
In June 1916 Henry embarked from Alexandria, Egypt, disembarking at Marseilles, France a week later and joined his unit in August. In November he was killed in action.
On the above date [2.11.16], our battalion was in the reserve trench in front of Fleurs. We were having tea, when a shell exploded, killing Swanton and four others… They were all killed instantly…we buried their bodies in a shell hole behind the trench….We joined our battalion at Fromelles, about September…Source: Red Cross Wounded & Missing
He is listed on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honour(4), the Werribee RSL Honor Board and the St. Thomas` Church of England Honor Board, Werribee. William is also remembered at the Werribee War Memorial and the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.
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